Stonewall has taken on agency help to handle its general election
Consolidated Communications has been appointed to promote the gay and
lesbian rights group's policy document, called 'Equal As Citizens:
Action For a New Century', as well as the organisation' s web
The contract runs until the general election. Account director Richard
Jarman leads a four-strong team and reports to Debbie Gupta, director of
public affairs and policy.
Jarman said: 'Most of our work will be targeting political journalists.
This will also expand into the mainstream media.
'We will be working with the lesbian and gay media as well but the
issues, including age of consent and Section 28, have a broader appeal
across the board,' he added.
Stonewall is currently without in-house PR support. A recruitment
campaign earlier this year failed to find a full-time PRO and the
organisation is currently reviewing the role.
The director of communications position at Stonewall was vacated by Mark
Watson last June, when he became Gay.com communication and marketing
Freelance consultant Sebastian Sands was recruited in the interim but is
no longer with the organisation.
Stonewall deputy director Caspar Thomson said: 'With the election coming
up it's important that we get coverage for web output and the
'Even if we had a press officer, it's likely we would have taken on an
agency for this specialist role at election time,' he added.